DHL piloting latest technologies in US operations

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DHL is proactively addressing the evolving requirements of the market by introducing new technologies within its US operations. DHL Supply Chain has introduced robotics – including the LocusBots and Sawyer collaborative robots – and augmented reality glasses in warehouse operations to improve productivity in the fulfillment of customer orders.

DHL Express has been piloting artificial intelligence (AI) in its customer applications to further enhance its customer service. The company has registered a 10% increase in shipment processing accuracy through increased automation at its hubs and gateways, while its On Demand Delivery online service has increased the first-time delivery success for e-commerce shipments from 80% to 92%.

The company’s DHL eCommerce unit has launched DHL Parcel Metro, a new fast and flexible service for online retailers that meets consumers’ increasing demand for same-day and next-day delivery.

Parcel Metro utilizes customized software that allows DHL eCommerce to create a ‘virtual delivery network’ of local and regional contract couriers and crowd-sourced providers to ensure maximum flexibility and capacity over the last mile. Retailers can offer a fully branded suite of delivery options to their customers. The new service is now available in Chicago, Illinois; New York, New York; and Los Angeles, California, and will be launched in Dallas, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; San Francisco, California; and Washington DC later in the year.

Charles Brewer, CEO, DHL eCommerce, said, “E-tailers today recognize more and more that the customer experience, and their ability to build customer loyalty, is won and lost in how well the orders are fulfilled and delivered. Deutsche Post DHL Group is constantly looking for new and innovative ways to offer the best service, quality and efficiency for our customers.

“The DHL Parcel Metro solution provides a technology solution to the last-mile opportunity. Our digitization journey is all about how we can add value to our customers, to our employees and to our shareholders. DHL Parcel Metro is part of a number of innovations we are actively implementing, including augmented reality glasses for greater pick accuracy, ‘follow me’ robots, and autonomous vehicles.”

Lee Spratt, CEO, DHL eCommerce Americas, said, “Eighty-six percent of consumers associate delivery as part of their total online shopping experience, according to recent research. It’s therefore important for DHL to offer services that not only meet their needs, but do so in a highly consistent fashion.

“DHL Parcel Metro provides that consistency, and offers retailers the ability to extend their brand and messaging to consumers throughout the final-mile delivery for a unique shopping experience.”

March 20, 2018

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